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Automatic app updates are a convenient way to stay up-to-date. The problem is, not everyone wants every app to update automatically. Thus, the Play Store has had an option for a while to disable automatic updates for specific applications, which could then be manually updated at the user's discretion.

However, therein laid another problem: the "Update All" option ignored this setting, and, once tapped, updated all apps with new versions available – including those that were set to not auto-update. While this may not seem like a big deal to some users, others have found it to be incredibly frustrating. Thankfully, Google has rectified the issue as of Play Store v4.3.10 and above.

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Now, if a specific app is not set to auto-update (but Store-wide automatic updates are enabled), the Play Store will provide a prompt offering options to either skip the update, or go ahead and pull the new version down and install it when the "Update All" button is used. This not only gives users the best of both worlds, but also complete control of when, where, and how their applications are updated. Of course, if you don't have automatic updates enabled at all (in the Play Store settings menu), then this doesn't affect you either way – you won't have to hit a second prompt when using the Update All option.

This feature is available in the two most recent versions of the Play Store; if you've yet to be updated to v4.3.10 and beyond, you can grab the latest (4.3.11) right here. Enjoy.

Thanks @_ERib!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Dipish

    I have auto update completely disabled (for all apps), is there a way to prevent this annoying "Auto update disable" dialog from showing up when I tap "update all"? It didn't work that way until recently.

    • jmart75

      I agree with "Dipish" it's super annoying.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Hrm, I just tested this on 4.3.11 and I don't get prompted if automatic updates are completely disabled.

      • Dipish

        Hope that's true. I have 4.3.11 now, will see how future updates work...

      • jmart75

        I'm running 4.3.11 and I have Auto-update apps set to "do not auto-update apps". Every time I hit the "Update All" button it pops up the "skip" or "yes" dialogue. I'm not sure if it's only on apps that require new permissions, but it just did it to me on the SwiftKey and Snapchat updates this morning.

      • Mike

        Same here....does not do as stated in the article. I refuse to go to Maps v7 so I can never hit Update All as that is always in the update list. Still have to do each one individually. This will be useful when it works the way it is supposed to.

        • basteagow

          It works as per the article for me. Play Store v4.3.11 with automatic updates disabled globally; when I click "Update All," I get the confirmation dialog for Maps where I can click "Skip." Much easier than updating every other app manually just to keep Maps at version 6.

          • Bleakvision

            To bad we were forced into Hangouts with Android 4.3:(
            Interestingly Maps stayed on 6.X.

      • Dipish

        Nope, that nag dialog about auto update being disabled is still there when tapping "Update All"...

    • Mskina

      They want you to stay the most up-to-date possible

      • MarkSmith123

        And run out of memory daily.

  • vwbeetlvr

    I wish I could keep auto update off and make sure my Pulse app never updates. The "highlights" feature is the most annoying thing I have ever seen. BTW it seems I can't post from mobile chrome when the data saver option is enabled. I get "Invalid argument, 'ip_address': enter a valid IP address"

  • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

    Bye Ron Amadeo!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I wrote this. Not Ron.

      • http://ashutoshmishra.org/ Ashutosh Mishra

        Good day Cameron Summerson!

  • basteagow

    Sweet! I can finally go back to using "Update All" without Google Maps being updated. (Yes, I'm still on the old version because I need "My Maps.")

    • John Smith

      I am with you! I ain't ever updating Google Maps; rocking 6.14.4

      • Chris

        untill Google forces you to upgrade or you get a new android phone with the new maps installed and android 5.0 doesn't allow you to use older apps.

    • Alvin

      Word of warning, this didn't work for me for Maps. For every other app, the warning popped up allowing to skip the update, but Maps updated anyways.

      • Alvin

        It worked after restoring an old version, ticking then unticking the auto-update option. So having a backup of your apps before attempting this is still recommended

  • ceelos83

    Forget this addition! How about Google adding back the section for our paid apps!?!

    • John Smith

      To find out what I've purchased, I use Google Wallet. Since other stores around here don't provide a terminal for NFC payments, Wallet pretty much just shows all of my Android purchases.

  • brunodmjr

    I would like to have a "Not update this app when you click UPDATE ALL button" so i would let my Google Play Music with SDcard support forever intact :D

  • Cerebellium

    This change doesn't make any sense. Manually pressing a "Update All" button is not an automatic update. It would have been better if you could simply select specific apps to "Never Update".

    • squiddy20

      I came here to say the exact same thing, but you beat me to it. An "auto" update happens automatically, without any user intervention. You then override that "do not auto update" when you manually select "Update all".

    • Matthew Fry

      I agree that would make the most sense. It would make sense in any scenario.
      "I don't have automatic updates but I want to be able to hit update all without this app updating" : hit the Never Update checkbox on the app.
      "I want automatic updates on everything but not this specific app" hit the Never Update checkbox.
      "I have automatic updates on but I noticed that a lot of apps are not updated yet and I'm OCD. (but I have an app I don't want to update)" hit the Never Update checkbox.

  • br_hermon

    Personally, I don't auto update any apps but for a rare few that I completely trust. Too many times Google or another Dev has issued an "update" that's either more like a "downgrade" or bug.

  • Cory Wilson

    I don't get it. Update all means update all, Wth does your auto update setting have to do with the fact that you manually told it to update all your apps?

  • vwbeetlvr

    Test.

  • Chris

    I still like to see what exactly was updated and if needed read a few recent reviews to see if the update is worth while or if the update broke stuff.So I never use this silly "update automacnly" feature.

    Compared to the apple app store (the actual "app" itself. not the "store" Google play store "app" is still far behind.

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    I'm pretty sure this was only implemented because even Android's own developers are now forsaking the Maps team and getting frustrated with them.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    I noticed it this morning, before reading this article. Saves me quite a few taps 'coz I have Hangout and UCCW auto-update disabled.

  • E smith

    Hi,

    Useful, but did it ever occur to you to make a YouTube video to show this?

  • Stephen G. Smith

    I have V 4.4.21 and cannot select for individual updates. any ideas?